Everything is on track for Porthcawl’s Christmas swim

Saturday, 16 December 2017

By Philip Irwin
in Local People

Everything is in place for another record-breaking Christmas swim in Porthcawl, and organisers are inviting as many swimmers and spectators as possible to come along.

The weather, of course, can’t be controlled, but with high tide at 10.30am, it means that swimmers heading for the water at the official start time of 11.45am should not have too far to run!

The Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim is now in its 53rd year and organisers expect to have more than 1,000 swimmers again this year, making it the largest event of its kind in the UK.

The arrangements on the morning will be the same as last year. When swimmers register they will receive their commemorative mug before the Swim.

Therefore, whether they have registered on line or on the morning they must come to the registration desk from 10.30am onwards.

Swimmers will leave the Hi-Tide Inn and gather at the top of the beach for the start at 11.45am. A ‘start arch’ (weather permitting) will be erected on the beach so that every swimmer will file through in a similar way to last year.

Porthcawl Coastguard will signal the start and the swimmers will then make their way down the beach through the spectators.

Spokesperson, Marilyn Smith said:?“Some friends of the swim travel home for Christmas, so we get swimmers and spectators from all over the UK and abroad too.

“Last year, we had visitors from New Zealand, Canada and Germany, besides those who come from the south Wales area, all to enjoy a festive morning at Sandy Bay Porthcawl.

“Running up to Christmas our small committee have to work tirelessly to raise enough money to fund the cost of the Swim, the souvenir programmes and the much sought-after Swim mugs.

“The main aim of the Swim is to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities, therefore we are relying on local people to help, either by swimming and getting sponsorship or, if you are a spectator, by giving generously to our bucket collection.

“The more money we collect the more we can give away.

“We are also appealing for the volunteers to support us as collectors and marshals, details of how to register an interest can be found on our website www.christmasswim.org or our Facebook page Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim.

The chairman, Dave King, said:?“This year the ‘Swim’ committee has chosen to donate money collected at the swim and via swimmers sponsorship to MacMillan Cancer Support.

“As in previous years we will also support other local organisations as well. A total of £10,000 was donated after the 52nd swim last year, so with your help maybe we can exceed this amount.

“Our promise is to give every penny that is collected on Christmas morning via the bucket collection and through swimmer’s sponsorship to our chosen beneficiaries.

“We thank all those individuals and businesses who help us in so many ways to be able to put the ‘Swim’ on. We invite you to join in the fun, either as a swimmer or spectator.

“Come and soak up the festive family atmosphere and please support your organisers. We are overwhelmed by the way the event has been so well supported in previous years. We continue to have record swimmers, spectators and collections. Help us to make the 53rd event equally successful.”

He added: “On an official note, we need to point out that the Christmas Morning

Swim Committee hold the license to collect money on Christmas Day. Therefore, any collecting of money at the event, other than by our official collectors, is prohibited.”

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